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Feb 2, 2011

"The Rhythm of Secrets" Book Review

About the Book:
"Since 1955, Sheila Franklin, a talented musician, has perfectly performed the role of devout pastor’s wife, locking away her past as Sheba Alexander and Sylvia Allen. Her carefully constructed façade crumbles with a single phone call from a young Marine named Samuel..." In The Rhythm of Secrets, you'll be taken to "the bohemian 1940s New Orleans French Quarter and [across] three decades, including the turbulent Vietnam era."
About the Author:
Patti Lacy is a "Baylor graduate [and] taught community college humanities until G-d called her to span seas and secrets in her novels, An Irishwoman's Tale and What the Bayou Saw. She has two grown children and a dog named Laura. She and her husband can be seen jog-walking the streets of Normal, Illinois, an amazing place to live for a woman born in a car. For more information, visit Patti's website at www.pattilacy.com, her blog at www.pattilacy.com/blog, and her Facebook daily Artbites."

The Rhythm of Secrets NOOK Giveaway:
Patti Lacy is celebrating the release of her latest book with a NOOK Giveaway, blog tour and Book Club Party!

Follow the blog tour and read the reviews!

Patti and her publisher, Kregel Publications, are giving away a NOOK prize package worth over $150 to one lucky winner!!!!
Enter the Nook eReader Giveaway and you could win:
  • A brand new Nook eReader with Wi-Fi
  • $25 gift certificate to Barnes & Noble
To enter, simply click on the icons below to fill out the entry form/s, then tell 5 or more friends about the contest. Oh, and enter soon! Winner will be announced on February 16th at Patti's Rhythm of Secrets Facebook Party.
Enter via E-mail Enter via FacebookEnter via Twitter
Facebook Party & Book Club Discussion:
Patti will be announcing the winner of The Rhythm of Secrets NOOK giveaway at her Party on Facebook  February 16th!

She’ll be hosting a book club discussion of The Rhythm of Secrets and giving away other fun prizes! (signed copies of her books and gift certificates to Barnes & Noble, Starbucks, & iTunes!). Don’t miss the fun at Patti’s FB Author Page on February 16th at 5pm PST (6pm MST, 7pm CST, and 8pm EST)!

My Take:
I really enjoyed reading this book. It seamlessly travels between the "present day" (which is really the Vietnam era) and the 1940's while telling two stories at the same time. It is also very "faith heavy", meaning that the main characters in the book are very devout in their beliefs and are frequently looking to G-d for help and relying on His will. Even though I am a religious Jew, I am able to separate out the parts that are not in my faith and keep the main morals and reliance on G-d that are common with my beliefs. I also love reading about people who are so steadfast in their faith and pure in heart and morals. It's truly refreshing!

The plot will keep you on the edge of your seat as you learn about Sheila's history while imagining why her mysterious visitor, Samuel, has come for her help. Parts of Sheila's story will have you laughing, crying, and screaming out in anger. You will start to love all of the characters and pray for a happy ending for all. Will they have that happy ending? You'll just have to read the book to find out!

Cost: You can buy The Rhythm of Secrets for $10.28 from Amazon.com. ($$$)

Overall: We give The Rhythm of Secrets by Patti Lacy a 9.5/10!

We were sent The Rhythm of Secrets through LitFuse blog tour free of charge for the sole purpose of this review; no other compensation was received. All opinions expressed are my own.

2 comments:

Patti Lacy said...

Wow, thanks for sharing about your faith. I'm honored that you took the time to read my third literary baby.

Blessings,
Patti

akritical said...

Thanks for sharing your thoughts on this book and posting about the giveaway.

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